Thursday 1 September 2011

Give Me Sunshine

Aren't these delightful? I received them as a thank you recently and was so thrilled. I love sunflowers, although I have to admit that they terrified me as a small child. I must have been a bit of a wuss!

After a long, not so glorious summer - weather-wise - it's back to school for my daughter on Tuesday. She did very well in her GCSEs and is about to start her Alevels. She's taking Maths, Physics, ICT and History and was hoping she'd get a high enough mark in her Maths GCSE so that she didn't have to do English instead. When I asked her what was wrong with English, she said, "Er hello? I'd have to read all those boring books." I ask you how did I end up with a daughter who:
a) Doesn't like reading novels
b) Is not only good at Maths & Physics (she got As for both in GCSE!) but enjoys the subjects. *shakes head in bewilderment*

My son was lucky enough to get a placement for the summer holidays working in finance, but the twelve weeks have flown by and he'll be leaving on Sunday to return to Reading, where he'll meet up with his girlfriend and they'll go travelling in Europe for three weeks. *sniff*

I, on the other hand, will be waiting nervously to see what my RNA NWS Reader's report says about my WW1 novel, reading books to review over at Novelicious where today I've reviewed Christina Jones' fantastic new book, Never Can Say Goodbye and Nina Bell's also wonderful book, The Empty Nesters (both published 1 September) - please pop over and leave a comment . I also start my Zumba classes on Monday, so that should keep me quiet for a bit.

Right now, I'm going to forget that son is leaving soon and go back into the garden and make the most of the sunshine while it lasts.

Have a fun/relaxing/calm (delete where applicable) weekend. x


Melissa Amateis said...

Oooh! A WW1 novel! Would love to know what it's all about.

I love sunflowers, too - in fact, they play a small role in my current novel. :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Gorgeous sunflowers! Hope you get some great feedback on your NWS submission. Sounds like you're going to be busy during autumn - take your mind off your son's travels! Well done to your daughter (never did like maths).

Jennifer Joyce said...

Gorgeous flowers. The last flowers I receive were from myself! Boo hoo.

Anna Scott Graham said...

Beautiful! Will be thinking good RWA vibes for you!! Enjoy that sunshine and a lovely weekend to you too...

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Melissa - I'll tell you about it when it's been knocked into shape.

Rosemary - thanks. It's a little nerve-wracking waiting.

Mama j - I often treat myself to flowers too ;-)

Anna - thanks so much, you too.

Liane Spicer said...

Ooh, lovely flowers! Haven't seen any of those in awhile.

You have a great weekend too, Debs.

Chris Stovell said...

Congratulations to your daughter and son. Still laughing at the 'boring books' bit! And how lovely to receive those gorgeous sunflowers... hope they didn't frighten you this time!

Good luck with the NWS report. will now pop over to read about Chris's new book!
PS Hope the ankle is on the mend.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Liane - thanks.

Chris - I can't understand her lack of interest in reading, although that said she has started to read One Day and is loving it.

Foot is a little better I think. I hope!

Talli Roland said...

Wow, yay for your daughter! She sounds like my step-daughter, who is also fab in Maths and Physics but doesn't like English. Crazy!

Unknown said...

Yes, why has the sun appeared now when they are all leaving????

Fingers crossed for the NWS read.


Get Well Soon Flowers Delivery said...

Sunflowers are the happiest flower. I can't look at one without a smile appearing on my face :)

Jenny Beattie said...

Oh those flowers are beautiful Debs. Sunflowers are such cheerful flowers, aren't they?

It made me laugh to hear about your daughter. I have one oh so diligent and one, uhm, not so diligent. I can't understand that either.

How was zumba?

Jennifer Joyce said...

Spreading the blogging love with an award for you here

Faye said...

How exciting--and terrifying--to be getting feedback on your novel. Good luck-hope comments are favorable. Should have read this blog post before quizzing you on FB re zumba classes. Give us a report when you've formed an opinion. Everyone is going through those late summer rituals and getting ready for fall. A good time of the year.

Flowerpot said...

Gorgeous sunflowers Debs - they always make me feel warm and mellow! good luck with the RNA crit xx

Creepy Query Girl said...

awe, flowers are so nice! Congrats to you- sounds like you're going to be busy! Glad to have discovered your blog:) New follower here

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Talli - they're so clever. I'm useless at any sciences

liz - I hate the end of summer.

Thanks re the NWS. x

GWSFD - me too, they're sunny somehow.

jen - I would have been a little more like your less diligent daughter ;-)

Zumba was fantastic, I can't wait to go next week too.

mama j - thanks so much, I'll go and collect it from you.x

faye - postman has returned the ms 'return to sender' so have to resend it!

Zumba was fantastic, loved it.

flowerpot - thanks so much.x

Creepy Query Girl - they are lovely, aren't they? Thanks for following.

Troy said...

John Wyndham's "The Day Of The Sunflowers" doesn't have the same ring despite knowing would have terrified a young Debs!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

troy - LOL. I must have been such a wuss as a child!